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Monday, January 31, 2011

Feed the birds with this fun and easy activity!

One day last week when it was just too cold to think about going outside to play, my son and I made these fun birdseed cookie treats.  They are easy to make and will provide your backyard birds with a tasty and nutritious snack to help keep up their strength during the cold winter months.

To make the cookies, you will need:

2 C flour (use wheat flour if you have it)
½ tsp. baking powder
C vegetable shortening (like Crisco)
2 eggs (if you want, you can blend the eggs with shells in a blender and add it to the mix)
¼ C water
¾ C birdseed (a mix with small seeds in it works best)
Cookie cutter
Yarn or twine for hanging the cookie (about 8”)

Mix the first 6 ingredients together. I put the shortening in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it first (it made it easier to mix into the dry ingredients). Form dough into a ball and then roll out to ¼” thickness. Cut into shapes with the cookie cutter. Lay the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a toothpick or the end of a paperclip, poke a hold through the top of each cookie (I made a small circle using the toothpick to make the hole a little larger and to make sure it didn’t close up during baking as the dough expanded). Bake them at 325 degrees F for about 14 minutes or until cookies are hard. Remove them from the oven to cool. String a length of yarn or twine through the hole and tie to make a hanger.

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Check out my last blog post for more fun and easy winter activities..

If you’re looking for other fun activities to do in the winter, visit the post “The Wonder of Winter. 8 ways you can connect with nature in winter."

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  1. This looks really cool, but we are a gluten free household. I wonder if it would work with a gluten free flour mix. Do you know?

  2. I'm not familiar with gluten free alternatives, but I looked up a few cookie recipes and they used rice flour. Perhaps that would make a good alternative.